Judge Stuart M. Rice

Hon. Stuart M. Rice
Judge, Superior Court of Los Angeles County

Current Term: Sept. 15, 2017 - Sept. 14, 2018
Membership:Advisory member as president of the California Judges Association
Internal Committees: Rules and Projects Committee
Council Liaison to: Orange and Riverside Counties


Judge Stuart M. Rice serves a one-year term on the Judicial Council as the 86th president of the California Judges Association (CJA).

Judge Rice was appointed to the Superior Court of Los Angeles County in 2005. He has been chair of the court’s Temporary Judge Committee since 2007 and is a three-time member of the court's Executive Committee. A former assistant supervising judge of the Criminal Division, he now sits in an independent calendar, general jurisdiction civil court.

Judge Rice has served as chair of the CJA’s Compensation and Benefits Committee and as a member of the CJA’s Civil Law Committee. He is a member of the Executive Committee for both the Los Angeles County Bar Association and State Bar Litigation Sections. He also serves as faculty for judicial courses at his court, the CJA, and the B. E. Witkin Judicial College.

Before his judicial appointment, Judge Rice served as a court commissioner and an as-needed referee, and was president of the California Court Commissioners Association. Prior to becoming a judicial officer, Judge Rice focused his legal practice on civil, tort, and probate litigation, as well as juvenile defense.